By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.
As the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Humane Society were working through the process of operations at the Port Isabel Animal Shelter, a group was forming that is now in place as an integral part in moving forward in a positive manor.
This past weekend over 60 volunteers showed up to assist the shelter and more volunteers are making their way in to help find animals new homes.
Jacky Conrad and Catherine Carter are just two of the members of the Friends of the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter. They have been active as just some of the many that have been assisting with working the front office.
“We have been running the office,” said Conrad, “now for two weeks.”
The group is mostly comprised of former board members of LMHS and volunteers who have many years of experience in working with animals. The first formed when rumors of euthanasia surfaced and wanted to take a role in finding animals homes.
“We had heard all kinds of rumors,” said Conrad, “and we felt that we could do something if we got organized.”
Once the group was in place they contacted City Manager Ed Meza offering assistance as volunteers.
“He was very open with us,” said Conrad, “and we felt that once the legal matters where settled we could help out. Despite what the public was seeing and what some people where saying, there were good communication lines opened at that time.”
Once the agreement was in place “Friends” took a role immediately operating the front office. The City operates the shelter and LMHS is extremely active as all three parties work towards presenting a positive image of the shelter.
“”We have reached out to LMHS,” said Carter, “in a friendly fashion and in a way that everyone knows that we are all striving for the same goals.”
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